Archive for November 30th, 2010

“ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE FUND RESPONDS TO THE NEW LEFT” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Deeply troubled by the excessive philanthropic funding of a plethora of anti-Israel and left-wing non-governmental organizations by such umbrella charities as the Ford Foundation, the New Israel Fund and such polemical personalities as billionaire financier George Soros, the Israel Independence Fund has stepped up to the proverbial plate in a call to patriotism.

Established in 2007 by a board of directors consisting of Israelis and Americans concerned with the “cultural shift” in Israeli society, the Israel Independence Fund is a philanthropic fund whose objectives are to combat a “left-wing assault” on Israeli public opinion. The IIF distributes grants to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Israel with patriotic, pro-Israel bents in an effort to offset the litany of left-wing groups that have cropped up in the Jewish state over the past several decades.

Aharon Pulver, the executive director of the Israel Independence Fund explains, “The main goal of the Israel Independence Fund is to advocate on behalf of the protection of the Jewish, Zionist and democratic character of the State of Israel. It is our job to secure and organize the necessary philanthropic support for projects and institutions that cherish the destiny of the Jewish people in Israel and will support like-minded grass roots organizations and movements both in Israel and in the Diaspora.”

As such the Israel Independence Fund now supports such organizations as the Arzei HaLevanon, Ma’alei Efraim Pre-Military Academy for Leadership in the Israel Defense Forces. The pre-military preparatory courses (Mechinot) are supervised and accredited by the Israel Ministry of Education and supervised by the IDF for Israeli youth about to begin their obligatory military service. The courses, imbued with Jewish ethics and conducted in an atmosphere of general academic excellence, pave the way for meaningful service in the Israel Defense Forces. They cultivate a cadre of socially conscious, well educated and uniquely motivated IDF officers and future community leaders.

Other recipients of IIF funding include Hatzala of Yehuda and Shromron, a voluntary humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical services and support for security activities in conflict areas throughout Israel – every day – 365 days a year, the Heritage Association of the Upper Galilee, MiBirashit, an educational movement that seeks to make Jewish knowledge and Zionist education accessible to Jews of all ages and was founded by Rabbi Mordechai Elon, head of the world renowned Yeshivat HaKotel in the Old City of Yerushalayim, Mishmeret Yesha, a non-profit organization provides Jewish towns and villages with life saving anti-terror training, security equipment and emergency medical equipment, and the Irgun HaShomer HaChadash (the New Israeli Guardsmen), a volunteer organization dedicated to protecting and defending Jewish farmers by helping to prevent incursions onto agricultural lands by hostile neighbors who steal crops, herds and farm equipment, often using arson as an effective tool.

Lauding the diligence of the New Israeli Guardsmen, Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick said of them in a March 26. 2010 article, “Recognizing that the long-term solution to the problem is to increase the public’s dedication to classic Zionist ideals of Jewish control over the Land of Israel, in addition to building and manning guard posts, the Guardsmen organize courses and lectures on Jewish history, Zionism, Jewish philosophy and other relevant topics at their guard posts for the general public.”

The need for an organization such as the IIF is clarified in this July 6, 2010 statement by Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. He said that there are “many organizations that use US tax-exempt status to demonize and wage political war against Israel. In addition, European governments provide tens of millions of dollars annually, and without transparency, to opposition groups in Israel, many of which are behind the Goldstone Report.” He cites “relevant foundations” and NGOs transferring funds to radical groups in Israel or with 501(c)(3) status as the Ford Foundation, the New Israel Fund, the Open Society Institute, ICAHD-US, Friends of Sabeel, Middle East Children’s Alliance, AJ Muste, Deir Yassin Remembered, Grassroots.org, Advocacy Project, the Rachel Corrie Foundation, Birthright Unplugged, WESPAC, Groundspring.org, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition and Jewish Voice for Peace.

The Ford Foundation achieved the dubious distinction of funding such NGOs as the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), an organization that played a major role in the UN sponsored World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban, South Africa in September of 2001. This conference and the subsequent known as Durban II held in Geneva in 2009, posited Israel as the world’s “punching bag” for several thousand purported human rights activists spanning the globe. The PCHR has demonstrated that its primary objective is the political and ideological demonization of Israel, in sharp contrast to its claims to promote universal human rights.

A July 2008 JTA report states that, “Ford today is funding several organizations that engage in the “Durban strategy” – a two-pronged tactic launched at the ‘01 conference to paint Israel as a “racist, apartheid” state and isolate the Jewish nation through boycotts, divestment and sanctions.”

Mr. Pulver said, “We are currently seeking contributions both small and substantial for the invaluable organizations that we support. It is time for those who truly support the fortification of Israel’s standing as the fulfillment of Jewish national aspirations and the center of world Jewry to come forth and join us.”

For further information, please contact Aharon Pulver at: fund5708@gmail.com or visit the Israel Independence Fund web site at: www.fundisrael.org.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“The North Korean Problem” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

North Korea has once again launched an unprovoked attack against South Korea. Last week, the North fired a barrage of artillery shells at the island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people and injuring dozens more.

In March, North Korea attacked a South Korean patrol boat and killed forty-six sailors. The North denied it was involved in the sinking, but investigators found overwhelming evidence pointing to a strike from a North Korean torpedo.

It is easy to see a clear pattern of escalation on the part of North Korea. For several years, Kim Jong Il alarmed his neighbors by either conducting a series of missile tests or by working on a nuclear program. The inability of the world powers to confront North Korea’s reckless behavior has caused us to reach a point that Kim Jong Il is willing to kill people to draw attention to himself or his future successor, his son, Kim Jong Un.

Dr. Michael Stoil is the head of the political science department at the University of Guam. He says that this most recent attack has a lot to do with the succession of Kim Jong Il. The North Korean dictator is getting old and is looking to have his twenty-six-year-old son, Kim Jong Un, take his place.

“If Kim Jong-il and his son visited the artillery unit and were briefed on the South Korean naval exercises, they are likely to have given final approval on the bombardment two days later,” said Yu Ho-yeol, professor of North Korean studies at Korea University.

“The North must have propagandized the deadly artillery firing as Jong-un’s achievement to help him gain a stronger grip on the military and bolster its solidarity.”

The U.S. is playing a very dangerous game in always trying to maintain the peace. In the two times that North Korea attacked the South, America has only offered words of condemnation. President Obama will need to do far better than a military exercise and a ruling in the UN Security Council if he wants to get Kim Jong-Il’s attention.

We should have already learned that North Korea cannot be trusted. Past diplomatic efforts with North Korea have proven to be a waste of time and money. In the 1980s, for agreeing to freeze its nuclear program, Pyongyang was given two light-water nuclear reactors to generate electricity and, until the reactors were operational, five hundred thousand metric tons of oil annually (nearly half its annual needs). The United States taxpayers helped pay for these lavish gifts.

During the years North Korea was receiving oil and food assistance, it was secretly completing two reactors capable of yielding weapons-grade fuel. When North Korea announced in 2004 that it had nuclear capability, it became clear that Pyongyang had played us for fools.

Just a few days ago, inspectors where shocked to find that North Korea has built a sophisticated uranium enrichment plant. A couple years ago, the Western media proudly showed images of North Korea destroying a plant used to make plutonium. At the time, I had stated that this was just a ruse, and now we all know the truth.

This weekend, I watched a video on YouTube entitled: “Explorer: Inside North Korea.” It was extremely unsettling in how it showed the average North Koreans are in a state of total mind control. They worship the Kim Jongs as if they were gods, and the North Korean military would rage war to the point of committing national suicide if the “Great Leaders” ordered them to do so.

The stand-off between North and South Korea may eventually end very badly. There is no direct reference to North Korea in the Bible, but there are clues about what might happen. We are told that the kings of the East will invade the Middle East. The name seems to imply that the whole region will be unified into vast army of two hundred million soldiers.

War is likely, because you can depend on the depravity of dictators. Saddam Hussein faced a coalition with vastly superior firepower, and yet he still refused to back down. Because North Korea is a land ruled by evil, its leader will eventually give into the most evil of thoughts. We may be witnessing the final stage of this madness.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).

— Todd

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